[Distutils] [Catalog-sig] PEP for distutils

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Tue Sep 30 19:51:30 CEST 2008

At 12:25 PM 9/30/2008 -0400, A.M. Kuchling wrote:
>On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 10:41:11AM -0500, Ian Bicking wrote:
> > FWIW, pyinstall can collect all the packages before installing any of
> > them.  You do have to download all packages, though, as that's the only
> > way to get the metadata.
>Does the DOAP output for a package not contain enough metadata?

Nope.  And it can't possibly do so, unless it contains dependency 
data for every possible variation of the package.  For example, a 
package might dynamically declare dependency on ctypes, depending on 
whether you're installing it for Python 2.4 or Python 
2.5.  (Dependencies can also be platform-specific and 
build-option-specific, as well as Python-version-specific.)

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